|Order of the Badge of Honour|
|Type||Single grade order|
|Awarded for||accomplishments in labour, the civil service, literature, the arts and sciences|
|Presented by||the Soviet Union|
|Eligibility||Soviet citizens and institutions including factories|
|Status||No longer awarded|
|Established||November 25, 1935|
|First awarded||November 26, 1935|
|Last awarded||December 23, 1988|
|Total||1 580 850|
|Next (higher)||Order of Friendship of Peoples|
|Next (lower)||Order of Labour Glory|
The Order of the Badge of Honour (Russian : орден «Знак Почёта») was a civilian award of the Soviet Union.
It was established on 25 November 1935, and was conferred on citizens of the USSR for outstanding achievements in production, scientific research and social, cultural and other forms of social activity; for promotion of economic, scientific, technological, cultural and other ties between the USSR and other countries; and also for significant contribution to basic and applied research.
The order was awarded 1,574,368 times.
The "Order of the Badge of Honour" was replaced by the "Order of Honour" (Russian : Орден Почёта) by a Decree of the Presidium of the USSR on 28 December 1988. Following the USSR dissolution, it was replaced by the "Order of Honour" of the Russian Federation, established by Presidential Decree no. 442 of 2 March 1994.
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